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A.F. Blakemore Spreads the Word on Responsible Business

February 15, 2018

More than 30 business leaders, council heads and community organisations from across Walsall join together to investigate collaborative ways to address key challenges across the borough

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A.F. Blakemore Welcomes New Starters on Company Induction

February 12, 2018

Each month It’s Your E-news goes along to A.F. Blakemore’s company induction to find out more about some of the business’s latest new joiners

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Inside Eat 17’s Latest Store at Bishop’s Stortford

January 31, 2018

A.F. Blakemore and entrepreneurial business partners James Brundle and Chris O’Connor opened their latest Eat 17 store in the Hertfordshire town of Bishop’s Stortford in November

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Colleagues to Donate Food Worth £240 to Food Banks

January 31, 2018

A.F. Blakemore is to present two food banks with food worth £240 thanks to colleagues’ generous donations of Christmas gift vouchers

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Blakemore Retail Colleagues Raise £1,112 for Derbyshire Hospice

January 30, 2018

Blakemore Retail colleagues from four stores in Derbyshire fundraise £1,112 for Ashgate Hospicecare

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Defibrillator Installation Now Complete Across AFB RDCs

January 30, 2018

A.F. Blakemore’s rollout of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) across its retail distribution centres is now complete

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AFB Graduates Attend Leading the Blakemore Way

January 29, 2018

A.F. Blakemore’s most recent graduate joiners attend a three-day residential Leading the Blakemore Way course

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AFB Twitter Account Needs Your News

January 29, 2018

A.F. Blakemore is asking all colleagues across the business to be on the lookout for good news stories and photos for its social media accounts

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£1,294 Raised for Muscular Dystrophy UK

January 29, 2018

Blakemore Wholesale colleagues and customers across the Midlands raise £1,294 for Muscular Dystrophy UK

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Free-to-use Cash Machine for AFB Colleagues

January 25, 2018

A cash machine is now available for A.F. Blakemore colleagues at the company’s Willenhall head office

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A.F. Blakemore Welcomes New Starters on Company Induction

January 18, 2018

Each month It’s Your E-news goes along to A.F. Blakemore’s company induction to find out more about some of the business’s latest new joiners

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British Athletics Unveil SPAR as Major Sponsor through to Tokyo 2020

January 18, 2018

British Athletics announce a three-year sponsorship deal with SPAR (UK) Ltd that will see the UK’s leading convenience store group offer wide-ranging support through to the end of 2020

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Leading the Blakemore Way Refresher Piloted with Blakemore Technical Services

January 04, 2018

A.F. Blakemore pilots a Leading the Blakemore Way Refresher course with the Blakemore Technical Services senior team

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December Colleague Award Winners Announced

January 03, 2018

Every month throughout A.F. Blakemore’s centenary year, the company recognised and celebrated employees who have gone the extra mile through its Colleague Award Scheme

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New Blakemore Retail Magazine Out Now

January 03, 2018

A.F. Blakemore publishes the latest edition of its Blakemore Retail magazine

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Volunteers Wanted for Tree Planting

January 02, 2018

A.F. Blakemore is calling on colleagues to get in involved in tree planting in their local communities

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Christmas Community Spirit Snowballs at AFB

December 29, 2017

A.F. Blakemore colleagues have supported more than a thousand good causes in communities across the company’s trading area this Christmas.

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Worcestershire SPAR Stores Donate £15,000 Worth of Goods to Collection Appeals

December 20, 2017

Colleagues from Blakemore Retail collect more than £15,000 worth of goods for the homeless and vulnerable children

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A.F. Blakemore Awards 12 Good Causes £1,917 Heritage Grants

December 20, 2017

A.F. Blakemore has concluded its centenary year by awarding 12 good causes a grant of £1,917 through its charitable trust, the Blakemore Foundation

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A.F. Blakemore Welcomes New Starters on Company Induction

December 13, 2017

Each month It’s Your E-news goes along to A.F. Blakemore’s company induction to find out more about some of the business’s latest new joiners

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Santa Claus Comes to Town

December 08, 2017

Christmas comes early for children of colleagues across the Blakemore estate at the company’s annual Kids Christmas Party celebrations

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Sam Wilcox Looks Back on 31 Years at AFB

December 01, 2017

Sam Wilcox, one of A.F. Blakemore’s longest serving and most colourful directors, retires from A.F. Blakemore today after 31 years with the company

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Colleagues Rally Together for Education Focus Week

November 30, 2017

A focus week based on A.F. Blakemore’s Branching Out education programme took place this month, as part of the company’s centenary celebrations

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November Colleague Award Winners Announced

November 29, 2017

Every month throughout A.F. Blakemore’s centenary year, the company is recognising and celebrating employees who have gone the extra mile through its Colleague Award Scheme

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Equality, Inclusion & Diversity Survey: Your Comments Answered

November 29, 2017

A.F. Blakemore’s Equality, Inclusion & Diversity Steering Group responds to colleague suggestions on what could make the company a more inclusive place to work

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Warehouse to Wheels Scheme Welcomes New Trainee Drivers

November 28, 2017

Eight new trainee LGV drivers embark on A.F. Blakemore’s Warehouse to Wheels driver training programme

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Colleagues Enhance Presentation and Teamwork Skills

November 27, 2017

Colleagues take part in courses led by A.F. Blakemore’s Learning & Development department to develop their business presentation and teamwork skills

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Lifestyle Checkpoint Machine Tours AFB Distribution Depots

November 24, 2017

A.F. Blakemore’s Lifestyle Checkpoint machine will be visiting sites across the company’s estate for colleagues to use

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A.F. Blakemore Welcomes New Starters on Company Induction

November 22, 2017

Each month It’s Your E-news goes along to A.F. Blakemore’s company induction to find out more about some of the business’s latest new joiners

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Flagship SPAR Market Store Launches in North Wales

November 16, 2017

Leading convenience retailer Conrad Davies launches the first flagship SPAR Market store in Gwynedd, Wales

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Blakemore Logistics to Launch New Communications Hub

November 01, 2017

Blakemore Logistics is set to launch a new online internal communications platform to help improve colleague communication within the business

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Colleagues Celebrate Hair-raising Halloween

November 01, 2017

A.F. Blakemore colleagues have a ghoulishly good Halloween with a whole host of spooktacular fundraisers

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Blakemore Logistics Apprenticeship Programme: Recruiting Now

November 01, 2017

Blakemore Logistics is looking for new recruits to embark on its Warehouse & Distribution and LGV Transport apprenticeship programmes

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Coming Soon: Education Focus Week

November 01, 2017

A focus week based on A.F. Blakemore’s Branching Out education programme will take place this month, as part of the company’s centenary celebrations

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SPAR St Dials Colleague Scoops National Award

October 31, 2017

Blakemore Retail Store Supervisor Kirsty Rhodes wins a Sales Assistant of the Year award for her commitment to her work.

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Environmental Survey: Your Questions Answered

October 31, 2017

The Environmental Steering Group answers questions from the colleague environmental survey

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October Colleague Award Winners Announced

October 30, 2017

Every month throughout A.F. Blakemore’s centenary year, the company is recognising and celebrating employees who have gone the extra mile through its Colleague Award Scheme

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A.F. Blakemore Celebrates Equality, Inclusion and Diversity

October 25, 2017

A.F. Blakemore hosts an Equality, Inclusion and Diversity Week as part of a series of commemorative events to celebrate 100 years in business

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Blakemore Wholesale Celebrates Top Retailers at Grand Awards Evening

October 25, 2017

Blakemore Wholesale recognises its top retailers at its Retailer of the Year Grand Awards Evening and Charity Gala Dinner

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SPAR UK Celebrates 60th Anniversary

October 20, 2017

SPAR UK has celebrated its 60th anniversary in style with a fantastical funfair and celebratory festival at Manchester Central

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SPAR Tenbury Wells Supports Worcestershire Homeless Appeal

October 19, 2017

Blakemore Retail SPAR Tenbury Wells has supported the Worcestershire Homeless Appeal by collecting and donating over 350 bottles of water from local residents.

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A.F. Blakemore & Son Ltd Reports Solid Results for 2016/17

October 18, 2017

A.F. Blakemore & Son Ltd Chairman Peter Blakemore has described a “good, solid result” for the 2016/17 financial year during a period of intense change across the food retail and wholesale markets

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Blakemore Trade Partners Colleagues Take On ‘100’ Challenges

October 12, 2017

Blakemore Trade Partners colleagues have raised more than £5,000 by taking part in a series of unusual and challenging ‘100’ themed fundraisers to mark A.F. Blakemore’s centenary

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Middlesbrough Cash & Carry Colleagues Get Messy for Teesside Hospice

October 11, 2017

Four employees from Blakemore Wholesale, Middlesbrough took part in a 5K Colour Race in aid of Teesside Hospice

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Blakemore Foundation Helps Coffee Morning Success

October 10, 2017

Blakemore employees have donated more than £1,500 worth of tea, coffee, cake, squash and biscuits to Macmillan Cancer Support’s ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’

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A.F. Blakemore Celebrates Equality, Inclusion and Diversity

October 05, 2017

A focus week based around the theme of Equality, Inclusion and Diversity will take place in October as part of A.F. Blakemore’s centenary celebrations

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Jan Robertson Crowned Blakemore Bake Off Champion

October 04, 2017

Jan Robertson from Blakemore Retail’s Bishops Castle SPAR store is crowned the winner of A.F. Blakemore’s 100th anniversary Bake Off competition

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Apex II Hosts Centre of Excellence Visit

October 04, 2017

Colleagues from across Wholesale Distribution’s Apex II depot host a study tour for 20 process management and improvement specialists

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Road Safety Week 2017: Schools Needed

October 03, 2017

A.F. Blakemore is looking for secondary schools across the West Midlands, South Wales and Hastings area to take part in Blakemore Logistics’ annual road safety campaign

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AFB Charity Birthday Party Raises £86,000 for Good Causes

October 03, 2017

A.F. Blakemore’s 100th anniversary Charity Birthday Party raises more than £86,000 for good causes

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A.F. Blakemore Welcomes New Starters on Company Induction

October 03, 2017

A.F. Blakemore welcomes new starters who attended company inductions in September and October

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Blakemore SPARs Celebrate Industry Award Success

October 03, 2017

SPAR retailers across the Meridian & Welsh Guild win big at this year’s Retail Industry Awards and Forecourt Trader Awards

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Blakemore Fresh Foods Colleague Conquers Epic Bike Ride for Prince’s Trust

October 03, 2017

Blakemore Fresh Foods colleague Julie Cross recently embarked upon a 969 mile bike ride from Land’s End, Cornwall to John o’ Groats, Scotland, to raise almost £3,000 for the Prince’s Trust.

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September Colleague Award Winners Announced

October 02, 2017

Every month throughout A.F. Blakemore’s centenary year, the company is recognising and celebrating employees who have gone the extra mile through its Colleague Award Scheme

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Blakemore Vehicles Highly Commended at Truckfest

September 28, 2017

Blakemore Logistics colleagues from Hastings have had two of their vehicles highly commended at Truckfest

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HR Director Ian Diment to Share Equality & Diversity Strategy

September 18, 2017

A.F. Blakemore Group HR Director Ian Diment will reveal A.F. Blakemore’s new Equality & Diversity strategy at a Women in Wholesale conference

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SPAR St Fagans Raises Over £30,000 for NSPCC

September 14, 2017

Blakemore Retail SPAR St Fagans in Cardiff raises a huge £30,379 for the NSPCC

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Latest Bmorelocal Store Launches in South Yorkshire

September 14, 2017

Blakemore Wholesale opens its eighth Bmorelocal store in Rotherham, South Yorkshire

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SPAR Retail Show 2017: The Customer at Heart

September 12, 2017

More than 1,100 guests attend this year’s Blakemore Trade Partners SPAR Retail Show

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AFB Charity Birthday Party: What’s Happening

September 01, 2017

More than 300 birthday parties are set to take place company-wide to raise money for good causes

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100 Years of A.F. Blakemore & Son: 1917 to the Present

August 31, 2017

As A.F. Blakemore celebrates its centenary, we look back at 100 years of history

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Cost Reduction Team Delivers Savings of £3 Million

August 31, 2017

A.F. Blakemore’s Cost Reduction Steering Group delivers cost savings of more than £3 million to the business

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A.F. Blakemore Awarded Payroll Giving Quality Mark

August 30, 2017

The Charities Trust presents A.F. Blakemore with its Bronze Payroll Giving Quality Mark in recognition of the company’s commitment to payroll giving

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August Colleague Award Winners Announced

August 30, 2017

Every month throughout A.F. Blakemore’s centenary year, the company is recognising and celebrating employees who have gone the extra mile through its Colleague Award Scheme.

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A.F. Blakemore to Install Life-Saving Defibrillators Across Main Warehouses

August 30, 2017

A.F. Blakemore purchases 10 defibrillators to be installed at seven main sites across the business

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New Future Leaders Apprenticeship: Last Call for Applicants

August 30, 2017

The deadline for applications for A.F. Blakemore’s new Future Leaders Apprenticeship programme has been extended until 10am on Tuesday September 5th

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Community Engagement Report 2016/17 Out Now

August 29, 2017

A.F. Blakemore publishes its Community Engagement Report for 2016/17

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Foodservice James Bridge Awards £6,000 to Charities of the Year

August 29, 2017

Colleagues from Blakemore Foodservice’s James Bridge depot hand over £6,000 to the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity and Chelsea’s HLH Awareness Fund

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Blakemore SPARs Shortlisted for Industry Awards

August 25, 2017

SPAR retailers across the Meridian & Welsh Guild receive recognition on this year’s Retail Industry Awards and Forecourt Trader Awards shortlists

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A.F. Blakemore Welcomes New Starters on Company Induction

August 15, 2017

Meet the new starters who attended A.F. Blakemore’s August company induction

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Wolverhampton Cash & Carry Celebrates Relaunch

August 04, 2017

Blakemore Wholesale has relaunched its Wolverhampton Cash & Carry depot as part of a company-wide strategic plan to reposition its depots nationwide

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A.F. Blakemore Launches Apprenticeship Partnership with PTP

August 03, 2017

A.F. Blakemore announces West Midlands-based training company Performance Through People as the lead provider in the delivery of its 2017/18 apprenticeship programme

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Countdown to 100th Birthday Party Begins

August 03, 2017

With just four weeks to go, A.F. Blakemore is counting down to its big 100th anniversary Charity Birthday Party

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A.F. Blakemore Launches Future Leaders Apprenticeship

August 03, 2017

A.F. Blakemore is looking for 12 delegates to participate in a trailblazing pilot programme commencing in October

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July Colleague Award Winners Announced

August 02, 2017

Every month throughout A.F. Blakemore’s centenary year, the company is recognising and celebrating employees who have gone the extra mile through its Colleague Award Scheme.

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Colleagues Fundraise £6,400 for Bradley Lowery Foundation

August 01, 2017

A.F. Blakemore colleagues don their favourite football shirts in aid of ‘Cancer Has No Colours’

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Black Country Chamber of Commerce Appoints Julie Cunningham Vice President

August 01, 2017

The Black Country Chamber of Commerce appoints A.F. Blakemore’s Wholesale Finance Director, Julie Cunningham, as its new Vice President

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Colleague Football Tournament Raises Over £1,000 for NSPCC

July 31, 2017

Colleagues take to the pitch for Blakemore Retail’s annual football tournament in aid of the NSPCC

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A.F. Blakemore Graduate Scheme 2017: Meet the Graduates

July 30, 2017

A.F. Blakemore welcomes ten new colleagues into the business on its 2017 Graduate Scheme

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A.F. Blakemore & Son Recognised in Top Track 100

July 26, 2017

A.F. Blakemore & Son has been named the 44th largest privately owned company in Britain in the Sunday Times HSBC Top Track 100

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Blakemore Retail Post Office Wins Retail Sales Award

July 19, 2017

Blakemore Retail’s Brumby Corner Post Office has won the Retail Sales Awards’ new category award for Multiple Post Office Retailer of the Year.

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Blakemore Retail Conference 2017: Shaping Our Future

July 05, 2017

“Shaping Our Future” was the key theme of Blakemore Retail’s 2017 Managers Conference this summer

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A.F. Blakemore Goes Green for Environmental Focus Week

July 05, 2017

As part of a series of commemorative events to celebrate 100 years in business, colleagues across A.F. Blakemore have taken part in the company’s first ever Environmental Focus Week

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Blakemore Logistics Invests in New Training Vehicle

July 05, 2017

Blakemore Logistics invests in a brand new training vehicle to aid the delivery of its driver training

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Retail Volunteers Donate 350 Hours to DIY SOS Project

July 04, 2017

Retail Volunteers Donate 350 Hours to DIY SOS Project

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A.F. Blakemore Scoops Two HIM Wholesale Awards

July 04, 2017

A.F. Blakemore picks up two top accolades at the HIM Wholesale Awards 2017

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A.F. Blakemore Welcomes New Starters on Company Induction

July 03, 2017

Meet the new starters who attended A.F. Blakemore’s July company induction

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June Colleague Award Winners Announced

July 03, 2017

Every month throughout A.F. Blakemore’s centenary year, the company is recognising and celebrating employees who have gone the extra mile through its Colleague Award Scheme

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Blakemore Retail Launches New Store at Aldridge

July 01, 2017

Blakemore Retail opens a brand new SPAR convenience store in Walsall featuring a state-of-the-art Daily Deli food service counter

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Blakemore Logistics Invests in Distribution Fleet

June 20, 2017

Blakemore Logistics has announced a significant investment in its distribution fleet as part of an ongoing vehicle replacement programme

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A.F. Blakemore and Barclays Join Forces to Develop Future Talent

June 20, 2017

Eight future business leaders have collaborated on an innovative development programme that seeks to enhance their skills by supporting two West Midlands based start-up companies

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Colleagues Complete Sponsored Walk for Kidney Wales

June 19, 2017

Colleagues from across A.F. Blakemore’s Talbot Green depot embarked upon an 11 mile Walk for Life to raise over £1,600 for Kidney Wales.

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Blakemore Wholesale Calls Upon Suppliers to Support New Catering and On-Trade Strategy

June 15, 2017

Blakemore Wholesale has called upon its supplier base to support a new strategy that seeks to double the business’s catering and on-trade sales over the next three years

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Wanted: Litter Pick Volunteers for Environmental Focus Week

June 01, 2017

There is just one week left to sign up to take part in a community litter pick for A.F. Blakemore’s Environmental Week

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A.F. Blakemore Says Thanks and Farewell to Roy

May 31, 2017

Group IT Director Roy Kidd retires after 23 years of loyal and committed service to the business

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New Blakemore Logistics Livery Hits the Road

May 31, 2017

A.F. Blakemore has begun the rollout of a brand new livery design on its distribution fleet

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Hastings Logistics Colleagues Raise £4,000 for Local Hospice

May 31, 2017

Colleagues from A.F. Blakemore’s Hastings depot tackle a 16-mile walk to raise more than £4,000 for a hospice in St Leonards-on-Sea

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May Colleague Award Winners Announced

May 31, 2017

Every month throughout A.F. Blakemore’s centenary year, the company is recognising and celebrating employees who have gone the extra mile through its Colleague Award Scheme

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Process Improvement Continues to Drive Change

May 26, 2017

A system of visual management has been launched across the finance team to help deliver efficiencies and improve customer service across all areas of the department

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A.F. Blakemore Continues to Drive Apprentices to Achieve Potential

May 26, 2017

A.F. Blakemore has welcomed five new apprentices onto its Logistics Apprenticeship Programme

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